Danh and me met online in a zoom meeting on Saturday 12.09. It was our first official meeting and it lasted 1,5 h, each of us was teaching for about 45 minutes .
Danh is in Vietnam so the only possibility of meeting for us is through Zoom. The first lesson was really exciting! In italian we went through the alphabet and some basic words and expressions. In Vietnamese we went through the alphabet and the different sounds that are formed with more letters. Vietnamese is hard!
The pronunciation for Danh in italian is quite easy, he’s very good at it. For me it was a bit more challenging because the sounds in Vietnamese are very different than in any other language that I speak. I am still very motivated and aiming for an A2 level!
We will meet every week and also go through the things we did on our own at home. It was really fun to have this first lesson with Danh and I am looking forward to learning more and getting better!
Hi there, here is Pedro again. Chi and I had our meeting on March 16th. This time, as agreed at the meeting before we talked about our alphabet and some basic greetings in our languages.
As opposed to what we had in the last meeting where our culture and food where kind of similar, this time we found out how different the alphabets can be. Even though the Vietnamese alphabet has 29 letters and the Spanish one has 27 letters, there are significant differences among them. First, there are some consonants that one has and the other doesn’t as well some differences in the vowels. The Vietnamese alphabet having three types of accent in contrast with the Spanish that only has one type. Chi showed me the difference in the pronunciation of these accents that, to be honest, at first I didn’t find any difference but after repeating it for a couple of times I got it.
Concerning the greetings, it was interesting the fact that for Vietnamese people is not that common to say “good morning” or “good afternoon”, they prefer the use of a “hello” or a “bye” instead. Another curious thing I could realize in this meeting is, finally, a similarity. This was not in the content of the language itself but in the way we use it. In Spanish, when we talk to an elder person or a person that is older than us we change the pronoun “you” for a more formal one in order to express our respect towards them and in Vietnam they do something quite similar to the mentioned before, changing the pronoun according to whom you are talking.
On the left, the Vietnamese alphabet. On the right the Spanish alphabet.
This meeting was really productive since in the short time we had we could cover different aspects of our languages. Those were basic but I found them useful and interesting. Looking forward to having the next meeting, hopefully, we will be doing some outdoor activity or something similar.
Do these sayings above sound so familiar to you when it comes to decide time for group meetup?
Yeah yeah you guess it right! We also encountered that situation.
BUT that is ANOTHER issue. Let’s me first introduce our squad.
What is the name of this course again? Uhmm……EACH ONE TEACH ONE. Does it sound so straight to you? A One teaches another one and then that one teaches another another one and then that another one teaches a one or another one. Or then a one teaches another another one and vice versa. Or then … JUST FORGET IT. Basically we are a group of 3 people teaching each other. Sound much easier right?
We are a multicultural group. A German, a Fin and a Vietnamese. Together we are GFV aka Guaranteed Future Value :)))))) If you do not know what it is, well then Google does not charge you anything! Asian joke mode on.
Only Tuuli has glasses.
Tabea has brunnett hair.
Final clue: Vietnamese girl has Asian eyes.
Until now, can you guess who is who?
If you can, congratulation and you can finish your reading here. Thanks for your time 🙂 Keep calm and wait for my next blog!!! Hmm next time I will try to make it even harder for you guys.
If you can not figure it out, well trust me you are completely normal. Believe or not, even me cannot understand it. So we are in the same boat now. Well unfortunately, there are some more interesting things down below 🙂
This is us!
This is the first time I saw Tabea and the second time I met Tuuli. They were such beautiful people and I just could not get my eyes off them.
Well off-topic haha. Let’s get back to main points. Basically we discussed when, where and how we would meet next time. And also what to do during the next meetup. It was only a 2-week plan, however, it took us 1.30 hours to jump at final conclusions.
During the discussion, we somehow mentioned Mämmi and Glögi 🙂 Oops. They are quite good in my personal opinion. I know I know. You must think that something looks like liquid poop. Well you can actually mix that thing with Salmiakki, vanilla or your favourite ice cream flavour. Trust me, se on tosi hyvä!
I think I need to stop here or otherwise this is going to be way too long. Thanks for your time and your concern. Wish you a fantastic day and enjoy your current life. You know life is too short for negative thoughts and situations, be yourself and hope life would treat you better and better each day!
Bonus section for those lovely people reading my blog post:
You gotta try harder and fight harder for your own good, as long as you don’t disturb others business.